Maidstone United’s American striker Josh Fawole talks about life in English football
American striker Josh Fawole is hoping to make his mark in English football after joining Maidstone.
Fawole, 24, was a regular goalscorer in college football in the United States and also trained with MLS club DC United before signing for their affiliate team Loudoun United.
But a long-held desire to play in the UK brought the Arsenal fan to England last season, with Aldershot beating Maidstone to his signature.
Leaving the Rec a pre-season trial led to another offer from Maidstone and, after a few substitute appearances, he made his first start against his former club on Monday.
“I wanted to come to England and try my luck here,” said Fawole, who holds dual nationality.
“I signed with Aldershot last season, but I’m happy to be here now with Maidstone.
“It’s going well, I just want to make my mark in the team.
“Football is definitely more physical in England, a lot of boys are very physical in all positions.
“USA were good too, I just think here it’s a bit more tactical too, the game played out a bit differently.
“It wasn’t hard to adapt because I’m also a physical player, I can play anywhere on the front line and having that versatility has really helped me.
“I made the decision before I even went to college that I wanted to play here.
“I love English football and have visited here many times, I have lots of family here. I made the decision early.
“I want to climb the ranks as much as possible and I’m happy to be in the system now.
“It’s always a goal to be in the first XI. Where you come from, where you start, it doesn’t matter, you work to get there and secure your place and continue as much as possible.
“I just want to make sure that every time I step onto the pitch I give it my all and do my best for the team.”
Fawole’s career path comes with sacrifices, leaving behind friends and family in America.
“I just got back from America for the summer, but I’m going to miss my family at Christmas,” he said.
“I would love to be with them, but at the end of the day I’m just trying to advance my career and keep pushing here.
“I’m fine because I also have family here. I live with my family.